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A 'moment' is a medieval unit of time equal to 90 seconds!

How many times have you said “Just a moment” and then got badgered for taking more than a second or two? Now you can fight back against this injustice. A moment is a medieval unit of time equal to a minute and a half or 90 seconds. In modern times it is a little more ambiguous.

John of Trevisa used the term “moment” in 1398 writing that there were 40 moments in an hour. Even with this information, you probably can’t actually redeem yourself for taking very long, because as with all words, ‘moment’ has evolved with time and currently means a much shorter amount of time than 90 seconds.

The 90 second meaning is pretty archaic and outdated. It might work as an argument in a pinch, though. It’s worth a shot.


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Aerosmith has made more money from Guitar Hero than from album sales.

Following the release of Guitar Hero 3 and Rock Band 2, the popularity of the franchises began to wane. In the wake of this, titles like Guitar Hero: Aerosmith and The Beatles Rock Band were being released to a high degree of success.

Though Aerosmith’s own Guitar Hero, released in 2008, was very successful and popular, many people were displeased with some omissions on the song selection. Additionally, many felt that a lack of improvements in the gameplay made the game feel not worth it.

Despite this, the game sold like hotcakes. In its first week, Guitar Hero: Aerosmith sold more than 550,000 copies, grossing more than 25 million in sales. In the following three months, it sold over a million copies and made $50 million dollars. Aerosmith also benefitted in album sales with a 40% sales increase.

Though the exact numbers aren’t known, Aerosmith earned more from the game than album sales. Of course, not all of this was from the game’s royalties. Merchandising and concert sales were both boosted from the game. Today, the game has sold 3.6 million units.


People started flipping one cigarette upside down in their packs because of a myth that early 'Lucky Strikes' contained marijuana!

There’s a myth that people believed that the cigarette brand "Lucky Strike" is named so because every so often a consumer of the product would have a "lucky strike", finding a marijuana joint in a pack of cigarettes.

The myth varies in how often the marijuana cigarette would be included, anywhere from one in every thousand cartons to one in every pack. It's unknown when the myth originated. One claim is it has been floating around for many years. Lucky Strike's slogan "It's Toasted" fueled belief in the myth.

Despite the popularity of the myth, there are no reliable reports of any Lucky Strike cigarette containing marijuana. The name "Lucky Strike", in reality, is only a marketing ploy, implying to customers that obtaining their brand is a "Lucky Strike".

The "It's Toasted" slogan refers to the product's tobacco being toasted instead of sun-dried, making a supposedly better-tasting product. Other myths offshoot from this one.

One of the explanations for the origin of flipping a "lucky" cigarette upside down claims the practice originated from the Lucky Strike myth; it's thought that the superstition arose from flipping the marijuana-containing cigarette upside-down in order to save it for last.


A Princeton undergraduate had his term paper seized by the FBI!

In 1977, John Aristotle Phillips, an underachieving Princeton student who ran around in a Tiger mascot costume at Princeton’s football games, designed a working Nagasaki-class weapon the size of a beach ball. Later that year, he wrote up a term paper with the title; “How to Build Your Own Atomic Bomb.”

You’d think that he bombed the paper, but the truth is that it very effectively communicated how the average person can create their own nuke. He received an A for his A-Bomb instruction manual, but was advised to burn it as soon as his grade was registered. The paper however, was confiscated by the FBI and the US government has kept and classified it.


An animator for Ed, Edd n Eddy was killed by police while on his hands and knees!

Paul Boyd was shot by police in Vancouver in August 2007. The details of the incident remain in question. Boyd was a title sequence animator and director of the hit Cartoon Network TV series "Ed, Edd n Eddy." In his early twenties, Boyd was diagnosed with bipolar disorder.

He received constant and usually effective treatment for this disease. However, on the evening of August 13, 2007, Boyd allegedly didn't take his medication and suffered a manic episode in the middle of a busy intersection in Vancouver.

Police responded to a 911 call about a violent man yielding a bicycle chain. Boyd injured two officers before a third one shot him in self-defense. In totally nine shots were fired with the final one being fired into Boyd's head.

Controversy erupted over whether the police force was appropriate and an investigation was launched. A video by an eye witness surfaced that showed Boyd crawling on his hands and knees in the street before the final and fatal shot was fired.

It was obvious that he did not pose a real threat at this time and a new investigation by a private agency was launched.



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